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CBD COP-4
May 15, 1998
Bratislava, Slovakia


Klaus T�pfer, Executive Director of UNEP overviews some of the successes of the CBD COP-4 and calls for raising the political profile of the convention.

Calestous Juma, Executive Secretary of the CBD expresses gratitude to the United Nations for their involvement with the CBD and discusses future ties that have to be created between the CBD Secretariat and other international organizations.

Press: Question for Klaus T�pfer, Executive Director of UNEP, "What documents do you consider to be the positive result of this conference?"

Press: Question for Jozef Zlocha, President COP-4 (Minister of the Environment of Slovakia), "By the end of the conference do you believe you should operate as a more strict ministry?" (Please note this file has poor audio quality)

Press: Question for Jozef Zlocha, President COP-4 (Minister of the Environment of Slovakia), "Why is Slovakia the host country? Why are there only a few NGO's present?"

Press: Question for Calestous Juma, Executive Secretary of the CBD, "Yesterday Calestous Juma, Executive Secretary of the CBD met with the indigenous leaders and an open-ended working group was established. Does this mean that the matter was resolved?"

Press: Question for Calestous Juma, Executive Secretary of the CBD, "A large number of countries are already part of the convention. Is there any country, or, state which is quite important to participate in the convention on biodiversity (who is not already participating)?"

Press: Question for Klaus T�pfer, Executive Director of UNEP, "What solution (do you have) of how to reduce the negative impacts on biodiversity and what are the proposed steps for the future?"

Press: Question for Klaus T�pfer, Executive Director of UNEP, "This has been a century of convention on the environment but those conventions do not deal with any sanctions. There is a possibility to impose penalties for nuclear trials, but no penalties for countries deleting rain forests. What about those regulations being included in other conventions?" Reply by Klaus T�pfer, Executive Director of UNEP and Calestous Juma, Executive Secretary of the CBD

Press: Question for Klaus T�pfer, Executive Director of UNEP, "Funding is the question. This is necessary to conserve species. How far did the Forest convention go in deciding who can participate in funding these activities?"

The Official Gavel(s) of the CBD COP-4
That's a Wrap
See you in KENYA !!!